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The Body: I’ve Seen All I Need to See

After their last effort in 2018, Rhode Island experimental metal duo The Body put out multiple collaborative albums with noise rock band Uniform. Those projects come through with their own flavor of aggression, but their newest release reintroduces a distilled version of their avant-garde approach to metal that is darker and more abrasive than ever. I’ve Seen All I Need to See is a bleak death march that refuses to let up for the entirety of its runtime.

The Body have carved out a place for themselves in the doom metal canon, along with more notable figures like Sunn O))) and Sleep. The fundamentals of this sound make it onto this new record, but I’ve Seen All I Need to See blends in electronic and even experimental hip-hop elements, which make for a dynamic and surprisingly cohesive listen.

Opener “A Lament” uses poetry for a brief moment of calm before the band dive into the harsh soundscape. A vocal accompaniment of tormented wailing replaces the spoken word, and remains one of the dominant vessels through which we get a glimpse into the album’s distinct world. With such a gripping opening, the choice to integrate sputtering digital silence throughout feels unnecessary. It’s a similar technique to what Code Orange did on last year’s Underneath, but where that project used it as a clearly pre-planned piece of the composition, here it feels tacked on as a way to artificially heighten the sense of aggression. Yet it only ends up distracting from the actual content.

Other than that minor slip-up, production and performances are stellar across the board. Guttural drones and explosive percussion are the bread and butter here, and depending on the track, they are utilized to different extents. Sometimes it sounds like you’re surrounded by orcs banging on drums as flames rise around you and their yells grow in ferocity; sometimes the synths warble in a tone akin to the dinginess of Death Grips’ No Love Deep Web. Left-field inspirations such as this one make the album less purely metal in sound, but The Body remains metal in attitude. Whatever approach each individual track takes, the entire thing is draped in a unifying layer of distorted nihilism.

Despite how off-putting I’ve Seen All I Need to See may be seem, an undeniable energy courses through the album. The recordings seep with passion, and it’s painful to know that we will have to wait until venues open back up to hear something like “Tied Up and Locked In” in a live setting. Listening to every song one after another truly does evoke the feeling of a live set, almost to the point where it is hard to take any one track and listen to it on its own without the surrounding context. This may work against the album for purposes of casual listening, but if you’re willing to sit down (or let’s be real, get up and mosh) for the whole thing, the experience is well worth it.

The Body’s newest reintroduces a distilled version of their avant-garde approach to metal that is darker and more abrasive than ever
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